Waiting Time

Ekphrastic Poetry Event
This Sunday, 2:00pm at Boom Gallery

And also as a response to, Weekly Prompt, Word Prompt: Credibility 

As a member of Geelong Writers, I was invited to join the group for an afternoon of ekphrastic poetry at Boom Gallery. Writers were encouraged to write a poetic response to one or more of the art works of Graeme Altman, Nick Dridan and Meredith Earlson on show at Boom’s Sept-Oct art exhibition.  We had an hour or so to view the works and draft some responses. We were also invited to continue working on our pieces at Neighbour cafe at the conclusion of the event. The featured image above, is a painting by Graeme Altman, titled ‘Waiting’, the one that I chose to write a piece of poetry about. Below is my first ever ekphrastic response to a piece of artwork. I wonder if Graeme Altman approves of my interpretation, and finds any ‘Credibility’ in my words, about his incredible painting.

Waiting Time


I’m a time-traveler on a mission

Waiting for a personal vision

An image of my father’s ghost

To appear above the white-water coast


Millenniums ago, I delivered him to the ocean

Threw his ashes across the horizon

Away from faceless time-clocks

Away from hidden jagged rocks


Now I see him proudly standing afloat

Wondering who’s left to row the boat

Waiting for the breeze, without a sail

Seeking his passage through soundless hail

Beyond tumbling waves, a prism of light

Waiting stops, his alien spirit soars  tonight


Ivor Steven (c)  2018


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G'day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I've been blogging for over 2 years, and writing poems for 19 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I've been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

40 thoughts on “Waiting Time”

  1. you described a lovely event Ivor, to view paintings and then write inspired poetry in a cafe, something I would appreciate very much. It sounds such an honour to be included in this writer’s group too and I am sure you enjoyed the company too. I read your poem and it conveys the feeling of the tumultous sea, the waiting for that wave to bring answers back to us, sending loved ones out to sea, oh I have done this and each time I am at the sea I feel a visit, a lifting of my spirit. so your poem it is one that really resonates deep and powerfully with me. I have a softness for the sea. i thought I would lose my dad that way but he always returned after his voyages, so when he passed I too sent him back to where his heart always was. Thank you for sharing these moments with us Ivor. “Threw his ashes across the horizon” – this would be a good caption for the painting, in my humble opinion of course!

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    1. Your humble opinion is muchly( I don’t think it’s a real word, but Ivor uses it often) appreciated. As soon as I saw the painting I felt this connection with my father, and I’m so pleased you felt a deep connection too. It’s truly a wondrous painting, and contains many interesting facets. There’s a beautiful depth to the painting, and hopefuly my words did justice to such a glorious piece of art. And you cannot help but wonder what artist own story is behind the painting.

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  2. I thought I was going mad here for a minute. I was convinced I’d commented already and then I realised, it was a second outing for the word-prompt. Thank you for linking to us Ivor, I appreciate you loyally taking part in our prompts and challenges. 🙂

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    1. The pure depth of the magnificent painting, immediately jolted my memories of dad, and the poem came out powerful and caring, just the way I wanted it to. Actually that stanza I felt to be one my best ones for a while, xx


  3. I have never heard of ekphrastic poetry Ivan. But this I know. Each person experiences art through their own filter. And it may in fact be a total surprise to the artist what their works evoke 🙂

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